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Massachusetts

Massachusetts is a diverse landscape of coastline and beaches, forests and woods, farmlands, rivers and lakes, and mountainous regions. It also has a rich and diverse food system – from varied agriculture, to innovative food processing facilities, to initiatives to improve the health and affordability of food in its communities.

From urban to rural cities and towns, Massachusetts reflects and celebrates the diversity of culture that uniquely exists within its borders. It produces and it fishes!  On its land, we raise poultry, beef and lamb. From its land, we harvest strawberries in June, asparagus in May and cantaloupe in August. From its surrounding waters, we fish shrimp in February and blue fish in June.

Creating conditions for a thriving food system that is economically viable; fair, just and equitable; and ecologically sound is the ultimate goal – a food system that serves all its residents.

Check out these charts showing Massachusetts produce and seafood seasonal availability.

From the blog

7/7/16
“You have to be patient, develop trust, and have people go with you.” These were words from Karen Masterson, co-owner of Johnny’s Luncheonette in Newton, MA as she talked about what it takes to align her business with the aspirations of the New England Food Vision . “I’ve been chasing after local vegetables for 13 years. Some small operations cannot afford to do this.” Masterson offered both
7/5/16
Food Solutions New England hosted the 6 th in a series of Regional Food Summits in Bridgeport, CT on June 8–9, 2016. This two-day event featured more than 180 delegates from the six New England states working across the food system. Planners, farmers and farm workers, chefs, funders, government officials, and students came together for discussions on topics including food recovery, policy,
5/9/16
What does it really mean for me in my life? It all begins with RACE. Take for example the upcoming The Summit on Race and Equity: A Call to Government and Community, May 16 th and 17 th in Boston . The event is a culmination of almost two years of planning between a diverse group of community and City of Boston partners focused on developing policy platforms and institutional change around
3/17/16
Partnering with the Massachusetts Hospital Association and Health Care Without Harm, these hospitals are forging new paths for prevention-based healthcare The New England Healthy Food in Health Care program works with over 150 hospitals and other health care facilities across New England to support the development of a sustainable regional food system. These efforts are in close alignment with
2/4/16
Beyond Eating Locally. Investing Locally. Beginning in the fall, the Pioneer Valley Grows Investment Fund (PVGrows Fund) opened its doors for community members to invest in a portfolio of local farm and food businesses and provide them with the financing and technical assistance they need to succeed. The PVGrows Fund, administered by the Franklin County Community Development Corporation (FCCDC)

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